Today I woke up and was so grateful to see the sunshine, some trees with green and a slight sway with the breeze and the chorus of the birds singing--like they do everyday. I enjoy their singing so much, and it's almost like they realize I appreciate them so they sing near where my place is. Maintenance had treated the grass so it is very green and the birds go through it and pick out anything that may be nest material. I used to have a string mop and the birds would come on the patio and rip strings out of my mop for their nests. So I had an idea and would groom my long-haired cats at night and began leaving several clumps of cat fur at various areas of my patio and on top of the mop. Soon the birds were arriving in the morning for their cat fur and leaving my mop alone. I got up late one morning and a bird hopped up to my patio sliding glass door and was screaming at me while I'm fixing my breakfast because there was no fur on the patio --I had forgotten to put fur there. So I quickly grabbed the cats and did some fast grooming and the bird was on the patio wall waiting for me to put the fur out there. As soon as I put the fur on the mop and went inside, he grabbed the fur and took off. I'm sure the fur made a lot of nests very warm and who would figure that cat fur would end up lining bird nests. So after that bird season I got rid of the string mop and got another type and the birds never came back. Maybe the mop was a signal that cat fur was out there. Every so often I see a Gecko lizard in the afternoon sunning himself on the patio and I love watching them sun themselves as if they own everything. I pass them by in my electric scooter going in and out and tell them "hi there" and they seem to know I won't hurt them. That's all the stuff about nature that I love. Soon some people will have their roses and flowers out and that's another part that I really enjoy.